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Building My Life on Values That LastWhen You Make Idols, You End Up Like ThemBy Rick Warren — 06/10/2024“Those who make idols end up like them. So does everyone who trusts them.”Psalm 115:8 (GW)I mentioned in yesterday’s devotional that everyone trusts in something. We can even make good things—like our families, our abilities, or even our ministries in the church—into idols.But trusting in things other than God can have devastating effects on our lives. If we think who we’re with or what we do will make us totally fulfilled, we’re setting ourselves up for deep disappointment. The Bible reminds us of this in Jeremiah when he says, “Those who make idols are disillusioned” (Jeremiah 10:14 GNT).But we do it all the time with our careers, relationships, and bank accounts. We act as if those created things give us meaning in life.And when we do that, we’re just setting ourselves up for failure. The Bible says, “The poor, deluded fool . . . trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, ‘Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?’” (Isaiah 44:20 NLT).Oh, yes, those idols are lies. Sadly, idols don’t just stop after they’ve disappointed us, though. Eventually, they enslave us, too.Psalm 115:8 says, “Those who make idols end up like them. So does everyone who trusts them” (GW). Whatever you value the most in life, you’re going to become like. If you value money, you’ll eventually become a materialist. If you value pleasure, you’ll become a hedonist. If you value works, you’ll become a pragmatist. If you value above all else Jesus Christ, you’ll become a Christian.So if putting something else first in our lives warps us, why do we do it?We want a god we can control. We want to be able to manage him. If we make money our god, we feel as if we can control it. If we make other people our gods, we set out to control them. It makes us feel better.But we can’t control God. He says, “Don’t reduce me. Don’t try to fit me into your lifestyle. Don’t try to control me.”Instead, put your trust in him. You’ll learn to let go of your control and find freedom and fulfillment as you put God first in your life. Talk It OverWhy is there freedom in submitting to God?How can even healthy things become idols in our lives?What do you need to surrender control of so that it is not an idol in your life?

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    Billy Graham Evangelistic AssociationGrow Your FaithHis Love Is ObviousBy Billy GrahamJune 10Topics: God's Love“. . . the love of God toward us . . .”—1 John 4:9Notice God’s love. The Bible teaches that God is love. You and I were sinners. We were aliens from God. We were enemies of God. We had rebelled against God. We deserved hell, but in spite of the fact that we resisted God, we rebelled against God, we sinned against God, we were enemies of God—the Bible says God loved us anyway with an everlasting love so that He was willing to give His Son to die on the cross for our sins. There is not a person who has the ability to love that way unless he comes to Christ. You don’t have the power to love.Know God’s love for yourself.Lea este devocional en español en es.billygraham.org.Prayer for the dayYour love encompasses me, Lord Jesus, wherever I may be. There are so many who need the healing of Your love in their lives. Fill me to overflowing with “agapé” love for them.

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    Amen! Praise GOD🙏🙏🙏

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    Thank you! Prayers🙏🙏🙏

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